Image:Caveman 1.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Caveman hunting a brown bear
A '''caveman''' is a stock character
based upon widespread anachronistic concepts of the way in which neanderthal
s, early modern humans
, or archaic hominids
may have looked and behaved. The term originates out of assumptions about the association between early humans and caves, most clearly demonstrated in cave painting
. The term is not used in academic research.